I have always had a love affair with theatre, from the moment i sat through my first musical theatre play I knew it was love.
I’m familiar with Trumpets and their musical productions. As I’ve had the opportunity to watch a couple of their plays before and thoroughly enjoyed them.
I had the privilege of attending the press night of The Horse And His Boy last thursday. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect since i’ve only ever read “The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.”
As soon as the lights went out and the spotlight turned on I was transported into a fictional land full of colorful and rich imagery. I particularly loved the way they used south east asian themes such as shadow puppetry.
From the title alone one would wonder how a horse would make a stage appearance, not only appear onstage but speak as well. I thought they would have an actor dressed in some symbolic piece of clothing to make him be the horse. Contrary to what i thought would happen, lo and behold a full sized horse walked on the stage.
I was in awe at how they took puppetry to the next level and also reminded me of how “Lion King” was done.
It looked like a horse, the actors acted like a horse and I believed that the actors were acting with an animal on stage. I found myself focusing on the horse when the actor spoke, that was how realistic it seemed to me!
Apart from the horse, the story of how a boy learns to be in charge of his fate and believe in himself is a universal lesson many can learn from.
The way the play was written was quite magical and very engaging. There were a number of funny moments that had the audience chuckling in amusement and made the story very easy to digest, especially for children who are being introduced to the theatre for the very first time.
If getting a chance to see the play wasn’t enough, the grandson of C.S Lewis, Douglas Gresham, answered some questions along with the cast and production team.
Audiences of all ages will surely enjoy the adventures in Trumpets’ “The Horse and His Boy.” Be sure to catch their last weekend on Nov. 21 3pm & 8pm and Nov. 22 3pm.
With leads Cara Barredo and Reb Atadero.
With my friend Pamela Imperial who also was part of the production.
For tickets,Please call Trumpets at 9014364 or Ticketworld at 8919999.
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